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Old 05-15-2011, 12:21 PM   #11
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I think the most important thing here is to learn the first aid on what to do when someone is choking. I have had to save an adult from choking too. I don't think we can always know what to cut up or not cut up. We just have to be ready in case something happens. That being said, I try to cut things up for the toddlers in my life. Once they have several teeth, I don't cut up as much but try to teach the importance of chewing well.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:45 PM   #12
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I was visiting with a neighbor on morning when my daughter started to cough, herface turned red and her lips blue. My neighbor grabbed her out of the highchair turned her so she was hanging by her legs and them smacked her on the back the piece of hard teething biscuit flew out of her mouth and the world came back into focus, From then on and even with my grandkids I never leave the table or look away from any child who is eating. I can't afford to have soemthing happen to one or them. Never but never let a child eat soemthing that is to big or to hard to chew. Cutting their ood yes I do into small pieces and I never let them put so much in their mouth that it could choke them.Alwasy cut thir foods and put only a small amount on their plates, when they finish that add more. I know we want to eat ourselves but these babies come first.
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:13 PM   #13
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I was just going to type hold the child upside down if it's a small child and give them a whack on the back. Just as an FYI, you can do that with small dogs too if they are prone to gobbling and choking. Yes, been there, done that with 1 of our pugs in particular who is scared to death someone else is going to get her food even though they never have in over 10 years.

However, you should really learn the Heimlich just in case.

Alternatively, you can try the "hind lick maneuver." If you want a laugh, Google for yourself since one of the words used is questionable for a family site. I was really bored one day and went searching for jokes....
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:15 PM   #14
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...Alternatively, you can try the "hind lick maneuver."...

I know that maneuver. It works every time!
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Old 05-15-2011, 01:44 PM   #15
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/soapbox/ CPR and The Heimlich Maneuver should be a prerequisite for graduation from High School.\soapbox\
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:48 PM   #16
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Mom used to first make us raise our arms above our heads. You'd be surprised at how often that worked! If it didn't, she'd grab us by those (already raised above our heads) wrists and smack us on the back, real hard, between the and just below the shoulder blades. Even upright, it always worked (we're all in our 50s and alive). But please, call your red cross or fire department and take a Heimlich class. If Heimlich was invented when I was a kid, it sure wasn't widely known.
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:51 PM   #17
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I agree with Fiona that these type classes should be required for graduation. I went into the Air Force straight out of high school, and they were a part of basic training. Then when I worked for Jazzercise as a registrar, I took the much-updated versions. thank heaven, never had to use them. But it's back there in my little gray cells.
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Old 05-15-2011, 04:04 PM   #18
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Mom used to first make us raise our arms above our heads. You'd be surprised at how often that worked! If it didn't, she'd grab us by those (already raised above our heads) wrists and smack us on the back, real hard, between the and just below the shoulder blades. Even upright, it always worked (we're all in our 50s and alive). But please, call your red cross or fire department and take a Heimlich class. If Heimlich was invented when I was a kid, it sure wasn't widely known.
Whomping on the back can certainly be effective, there are many of us who are a testament to that method. However, it can also cause the obstruction to lodge farther down, making it much harder to dislodge. The Heimlich forces up and out...Listen to Claire...sign up for a class...the life you save may be your Child, Grandchild...
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:51 PM   #19
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Just as an FYI, we're not allowed to call it "Heimlich" anymore. Its the "J-Thrust" or abdominal thrusts now. Copyright issues.

Please please please do NOT pound someone on the back unless they are bent over or are upside down (like a kiddo) I nearly died when someone did that to me. Keep in mind that if adults are coughing, they are getting air and do not yet need you to do anything yet. Kids need us to help because they can panic more quickly. Another vote for learning what to do in crisis situations.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:02 PM   #20
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Whomping on the back can certainly be effective, there are many of us who are a testament to that method. However, it can also cause the obstruction to lodge farther down, making it much harder to dislodge. The Heimlich forces up and out...Listen to Claire...sign up for a class...the life you save may be your Child, Grandchild...
Thank you for mentioning that pounding on the back can make the situation worse. I was pretty sure about that, but I didn't want to post it until I was sure.
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